Earlier today reports of a mass exodus of sponsors from the radio and TV programs hosted by right-wing St. Louis commentator Jamie Allman began appearing in the media as the Sinclair Broadcast Group employee faced the backlash from his tweet last week saying that he was “getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg’s ass.”
Allman’s reprehensible attack on the gun reform student activist from Parkland, Florida may have played well to his NRA-loving audience of conspiracy theorists and disgruntled conservatives, but with the majority of Americans supporting sensible restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, sponsors know better than to hitch their fortunes to a highly polarizing personality who advocates sexually assaulting teens.
Now The Washington Post is reporting that the reality of a sponsor boycott has forced Allman to resign from the nightly news show he hosts on KDNL, a Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate in St. Louis.
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“’We have accepted Mr. Allman’s resignation, and his show has been cancelled,’ said Ronn Torossian, the CEO of the PR firm 5W, who is acting as a Sinclair spokesman, said in response to questions sent to the media company by The Washington Post.”
Sinclair is under considerable scrutiny over its pushing of a centralized-agenda of conservative viewpoints across all of the local stations it owns as it tries to win approval of a takeover of Tribune Broadcasting to become the largest TV station operator in the country. Allman’s resignation must be seen as a welcome escape for Sinclair given the storm of criticism it has already been facing.
While Allman has resigned from his Sinclair TV position, there has been no word from his other employer, Entercom Communications Corp. Entercom owns KFTK-FM, a conservative talk radio outlet, and have yet to disclose Allman’s future as a morning show host at the station.
Hopefully, the sexual violence threatened by Allman against an innocent teen trying to ensure that no one else has to witness their close friends being shot dead in front of them at school will be enough incentive for Entercom to do the right thing. They must hold their employee accountable for his heinous statement by terminating him and removing his platform for spreading hatred as soon as possible.
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